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The morning storms forced the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup drivers to adopt wet-weather setups. Group B was first out for the weekend’s second qualifying session. After a few laps an initial hierarchy began form.

Javier Tarancon (Tech 1 Racing), Carlos Sainz Jr (Koiranen Motorsport), Oscar Andres Tunjo (Josef Kaufmann Racing) quickly got to grips with the conditions. Sainz Jr finally came out on top, and his last lap in 2m 25.023s gave him the fastest time in Group B in front of John Bryant Mesner (Koiranen Motorsport) and Tunjos.

The conditions improved slightly as the Group A drivers came out. Would they take advantage of them to go quicker? Robin Frijns (Josef Kaufmann Racing) led the chase in pursuit of his main rival Sainz Jr. Timmy Hansen (Interwetten.com Junior Team) and Paul Loup Chatin (Tech 1 Racing) were also on the pace. Then it started to rain again freezing the positions and only Stoffel Vandoorne improved to snatch second place in the group.

Quotes

Carlos Sainz Jr: “It wasn’t easy getting to grips with the track in the wet. I did everything I could and it went off well. Above all, I didn’t want to make a mistake. I took pole but Robin Frijns is on the front row. I have to beat him today to prevent him from clinching the title.”

Robin Frijns: “A few weeks ago in the wet in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC we had problems, so I’m happy with this morning’s result in these conditions. It was impossible to improve at the end of the session as the track just got wetter and wetter. I believe I can win the title today. Honestly, I’m not really thinking about it. All I want to do is to win races!”

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 18 September 2011
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